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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329135/low-target-inr-anticoagulation-is-safe-in-selected-aortic-valve-patients-with-the-medtronic-open-pivot-mechanical-prosthesis-long-term-results-of-a-propensity-matched-comparison-with-standard-anticoagulation
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Thierry Bové, Yves Van Belleghem, Katrien François, Frank Caes, Michel De Pauw, Yves Taeymans, Guido J Van Nooten
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the long-term results of a low international normalized ratio (INR)-anticoagulation program in selected patients after aortic valve replacement (AVR) with the Medtronic Open Pivot mechanical heart valve (OPMHV). METHODS: From January 1993 to December 2012, 909 OPMHV valves were used for single AVR. Patients with preserved sinus rhythm and left ventricular function (Low-INR, n  = 552), were managed to an INR of 1.5-2.5 and compared to patients (Standard-INR, n  = 357) treated with standard anticoagulation (INR 2...
March 2, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328397/age-dependent-diastolic-heart-failure-in-an-in-vivo-drosophila-model
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Matthew P Klassen, Christian J Peters, Shiwei Zhou, Hannah H Williams, Lily Yeh Jan, Yuh Nung Jan
While the signals and complexes that coordinate the heartbeat are well established, how the heart maintains its electromechanical rhythm over a lifetime remains an open question with significant implications to human health. Reasoning that this homeostatic challenge confronts all pulsatile organs, we developed a high resolution imaging and analysis toolset for measuring cardiac function in intact, unanesthetized Drosophila melanogaster. We demonstrate that, as in humans, normal aging primarily manifests as defects in relaxation (diastole) while preserving contractile performance...
March 22, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324186/association-of-evening-smartphone-use-with-cardiac-autonomic-nervous-activity-after-awakening-in-adolescents-living-in-high-school-dormitories
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Yoko Nose, Rina Fujinaga, Maki Suzuki, Ikuyo Hayashi, Toshio Moritani, Kazuhiko Kotani, Narumi Nagai
PURPOSE: Smartphones are prevalently used among adolescents; however, nighttime exposure to blue-enriched light, through electric devices, is known to induce delays of the circadian rhythm phases and poor morning somatic conditions. We therefore investigated whether evening smartphone use may affect sleep-wake cycle and cardiac autonomic nervous system (ANS) activity after awaking in dormitory students. METHODS: The participants were high school students, living under dormitory rules regarding the curfew, study, meals, lights-out, and wake-up times...
March 21, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323847/role-of-the-mapks-tgf-%C3%AE-1-traf6-signaling-pathway-in-postoperative-atrial-fibrillation
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Daoliang Zhang, Xiaoqing Chen, Qian Wang, Shaohui Wu, Yue Zheng, Xu Liu
OBJECTIVES: To explore the relationship between the MAPKs/TGF-β1/TRAF6 signaling pathway and atrial fibrosis in patients with rheumatic heart disease (RHD) and its role in atrial fibrillation (AF) after cardiac surgery on the basis of our previous animal study of the MAPKs/TGF-β1/TRAF6 signaling pathway in atrial fibrosis. METHODS: A total of 57 patients with RHD without a history of AF consented to left atrial biopsy. Histopathology quantified the percentage of fibrosis, and real-time PCR and western blot assessed the mRNA and protein expression of TGF-β1, TRAF6, and connective tissue growth factor (CTGF), respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323361/heart-rate-variability-parameters-in-horses-distinguish-atrial-fibrillation-from-sinus-rhythm-before-and-after-successful-electrical-cardioversion
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B Broux, D De Clercq, A Decloedt, S Ven, L Vera, G van Steenkiste, K Mitchell, C Schwarzwald, G van Loon
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common pathological arrhythmia in horses. After successful treatment, recurrence is common. Heart rate monitors are easily applicable in horses and some devices offer basic heart rate variability (HRV) calculations. If HRV can be used to distinguish between AF and sinus rhythm (SR), this could become a monitoring tool for horses at risk for recurrence of AF. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to assess whether in horses AF (before cardioversion) and SR (after cardioversion) can be differentiated based upon HRV parameters...
March 21, 2017: Equine Veterinary Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323173/outcomes-of-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-in-patients-with-intermittent-atrial-fibrillation-or-atrial-flutter-in-the-companion-trial
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Matthew M Kalscheur, Leslie A Saxon, Byron K Lee, Jonathan S Steinberg, Chaoqun Mei, Kevin A Buhr, David L DeMets, Michael R Bristow, Steven N Singh
BACKGROUND: Controlled clinical trial data are lacking for cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) outcomes in patients with advanced heart failure (HF) from reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (HFrEF) and intermittent atrial fibrillation or flutter (AF/AFL). OBJECTIVE: To describe CRT outcomes in patients with intermittent AF/AFL and advanced HF. METHODS: HF outcomes in patients from the COMPANION trial with NYHA Class III or IV HFrEF, LVEF ≤ 0...
March 17, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322838/effect-of-antiarrhythmic-drugs-on-small-conductance-calcium-activated-potassium-channels
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Rafel Simó Vicens, Daniel R P Sauter, Morten Grunnet, Jonas G Diness, Bo H Bentzen
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common type of arrhythmia. Current pharmacological treatment for AF is moderately effective and/or increases the risk of serious ventricular adverse effects. To avoid ventricular adverse effects, a new target has been considered, the small conductance calcium-activated K(+) channels (KCa2.X, SK channels). In the heart, KCa2.X channels are functionally more important in atria compared to ventricles, and pharmacological inhibition of the channel confers atrial selective prolongation of the cardiac action potential and converts AF to sinus rhythm in animal models of AF...
March 18, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317612/hormonal-electrolytic-and-electrocardiographic-evaluations-in-bitches-with-eutocia-and-dystocia
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Carla Regina Barbieri Simões, Flávia Gardilin Vassalo, Maria Lúcia Gomes Lourenço, Fabiana Ferreira de Souza, Eunice Oba, Mateus José Sudano, Nereu Carlos Prestes
The objective of the study was to assess clinical alterations, electrocardiographic, hematological, biochemical, hemogasometric, electrolytic, and hormone plasma concentrations in bitches with eutocia and dystocia. Overall, 28 bitches (dystocia, n = 22 and eutocia, n = 6) were assessed. The evaluations were performed at 2 time points, M1 (1 hour prepartum-eutocia group and cesarean or clinical intervention-dystocia group) and M2 (postpartum-eutocia or dystocia group and anesthetic recovery-dystocia group). The main clinical finding was the hypothermia (mean: 36...
December 2016: Topics in Companion Animal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316174/-efficacy-and-safety-analysis-of-ivabradine-hydrochloride-treatment-of-chinese-patients-with-chronic-heart-failure-subgroup-analysis-of-chinese-patients-in-the-shift-study
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D Y Hu, D J Huang, Z Y Yuan, R P Zhao, X W Yan, M H Wang
Objective: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of ivabradine for the treatment of Chinese patients with chronic heart failure based on the Chinese subgroup data of the systolic heart failure treatment with the I(f) inhibitor ivabradine trial (SHIFT). Method: A total of 6 558 stable outpatients who presented symptoms of heart failure, with a left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≤35%, sinus rhythms with a heart rate ≥70 bpm participated in the randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, international multicenter clinical study...
March 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316148/ablation-of-complex-fractionated-electrograms-with-or-without-additional-linear-lesions-for-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-the-adline-trial
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Sonia Ammar-Busch, Felix Bourier, Tilko Reents, Verena Semmler, Marta Telishevska, Susanne Kathan, Monika Hofmann, Gabriele Hessling, Isabel Deisenhofer
BACKGROUND: For persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) ablation, different strategies including complex fractionated atrial electrograms (CFAE) ablation and linear lesions (LL) have been used in addition to pulmonary vein isolation (PVI). However, it is still a matter of debate if extended substrate modification improves long-term outcome. The aim of this study was to determine the benefit of LL in addition to PVI and CFAE ablation regarding freedom from arrhythmia recurrence in patients with persistent AF...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314985/the-role-of-new-oral-anticoagulants-in-orthopaedics-an-update-of-recent-evidence
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Dimitrios V Papadopoulos, Ioannis Kostas-Agnantis, Ioannis Gkiatas, Andreas G Tsantes, Panagiota Ziara, Anastasios V Korompilias
Rivaroxaban, dabigatran, apixaban and edoxaban are the four available new oral anticoagulants (NOAC) which are currently approved for venous thromboembolism prophylaxis after total hip and knee replacement. Large phase 3 and phase 4 studies comparing NOAC with low molecular weight heparins have shown similar results regarding the efficacy and safety of these two categories of anticoagulants. Management of bleeding complications is a matter of great significance. Three reversal agents have been developed: idarucizumab, andexanet alfa and ciraparantag...
March 17, 2017: European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology: Orthopédie Traumatologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306170/impact-of-atrial-fibrillation-on-platelet-gene-expression
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Waldemar E Wysokinski, Alfonso Tafur, Naser Ammash, Samuel J Asirvatham, Yanhong Wu, Izabella Gosk-Bierska, Diane E Grill, Joshua P Slusser, Jozef Mruk, Robert D McBane
AIMS: Platelets retain cytoplasmic messenger RNA and are capable of protein biosynthesis. Several diseases are known to impact the platelet transcriptome but the effect of non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) on platelet RNA transcript is essentially unknown. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of NVAF on platelet RNA transcript by measuring platelet genes expression in consecutive NVAF patients before and 3-4 months after pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) and compared to normal sinus rhythm controls (NSR)...
March 17, 2017: European Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300667/characteristics-of-coronary-artery-disease-among-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-compared-to-patients-with-sinus-rhythm
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Lukas J Motloch, Sara Reda, Robert Larbig, Ariane Wolff, Karolina A Motloch, Bernhard Wernly, Christina Granitz, Michael Lichtenauer, Martin Wolny, Uta C Hoppe
BACKGROUND: With a high prevalence of coronary artery disease (CAD) among patients with atrial fibrillation (AF), CAD is one of the main risk factors for AF. However, little is known about the characteristics of CAD in AF patients. Especially, the question, whether a specific anatomical distribution of coronary artery stenoses might predispose to AF via atrial ischemia remains speculative. To address this issue, we evaluated potential associations between angiographic characteristics of CAD and AF...
March 11, 2017: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28297125/a-new-formula-for-estimating-the-true-qt-interval-in-left-bundle-branch-block
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Binhao Wang, L I Zhang, Peixin Cong, Huimin Chu, Ying Liu, Jinqiu Liu, William Surkis, Yunlong Xia
INTRODUCTION: QT prolongation is an independent risk factor for cardiac mortality. Left bundle branch block (LBBB) is more common in patients as they age. Widening of the QRS in LBBB causes false QT prolongation and thus makes true QT assessment difficult. We aimed to develop a simple formula to achieve a good estimate of the QT interval in the presence of LBBB. METHODS AND RESULTS: To determine the effect of QRS duration on the QT interval, QRS and QT were measured in sinus rhythm (SR) and during right ventricular apical pacing in 62 patients (age 55 ± 11 years, 60% male) undergoing electrophysiology studies...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295438/intermittent-failure-of-ventricular-pacing-what-is-the-mechanism
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Aditya Saini, Bruce S Stambler, Jason S McConnell, Kenneth A Ellenbogen
A 50 year old man with a past medical history of Tetralogy of Fallot and status post surgical repair at age 2 was found to have complete heart block with a ventricular escape rhythm of 37 beats per minute (bpm) on an electrocardiogram (ECG) performed during his annual physical exam. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
March 15, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294856/-life-threatening-complications-in-patients-with-st-elevation-acute-coronary-syndrome-dependence-on-reperfusion-interventions-data-of-federal-register-of-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome
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E V Oshchepkova, V V Dmitriev
AIM: to study rate and type of life-threatening complications (LC) in patients with ST-Elevation (STE) Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) and their relation to implementation of reperfusion measures. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Database of the Federal Register of patients with ACS (FRACS) which functioned from 01/01/2009 to 01/01/2014 contains information on 212304 patients with verified diagnosis of ACS. From this pool using random number generator we selected a cohort comprising 10348 patients with STEACS (60% men, mean age 63...
April 2016: Kardiologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294359/premature-trigger-of-eri-in-medtronic-enrhythm-devices
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Melissa E Middeldorp, Rajiv Mahajan, Adrian D Elliott, Rajeev K Pathak, Darragh Twomey, Lauren Wilson, Simon Stolcman, Dian A Munawar, Sharath Kumar, Dennis H Lau, Prashanthan Sanders
INTRODUCTION: Medical technology has made significant advances over the last few decades with smaller and more dynamic pacemakers. However, technical failures leading to premature replacement is a cause of concern. We present a series of Medtronic EnRhythm devices that reached premature elective replacement indicator (ERI). METHODS: The database of Centre of Heart Rhythm Disorders was searched for EnRhythm device implantation from 2006 to 2011. Battery depletion <8...
March 11, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291620/pacing-in-congenital-heart-disease-a-four-decade-experience-in-a-single-tertiary-centre
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Disha Midha, Zhong Chen, David G Jones, Howell J Williams, Karen Lascelles, Julian Jarman, Jonathan Clague, Janice Till, Konstatinos Dimopoulos, Sonya V Babu-Narayan, Vias Markides, Michael A Gatzoulis, Tom Wong
BACKGROUND: The increased risk of brady- and tachy-arrhythmias in the congenital heart disease (CHD) population means that cardiac rhythm management devices are often required at an early age and expose patients to device-related complications. The present study drew upon four decades of experience at a tertiary adult congenital heart disease ACHD center and aimed to investigate the indication for cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) and predictors of late device-related complication requiring re-intervention...
March 6, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290912/-overwiew-of-new-clinical-guidelines-for-the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-supraventricular-tachycardias-2015-of-the-american-college-of-cardiology-american-heart-association-society-for-heart-rhythm-disturbances-acc-aha-hrs
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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290886/-the-insufficiency-type-of-metabolic-balance-and-nutritional-status-in-patient-with-heart-failure
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A G Obrezan, S A Spitsa
A lot of data has been accumulated at present on the metabolic and nutritional insufficiency in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). Researchers have noted an actuality of the study of nutritional and metabolic insufficiency in CHF patients as independent factors affecting the course of CHF and because of its relationship with triggers of inflammation, sympathetic-adrenal system, and markers of functional state of the cardiovascular system (CVS). In some works attention has been given to relationship of nutritional and metabolic insufficiency with autonomic regulation of cardiac rhythm...
August 2016: Kardiologiia
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