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Cardiac rhythm devices

Marek Sramko, Dan Wichterle, Josef Kautzner
This study evaluated hemodynamic feasibility and reproducibility of a new method for in vivo simulation of human atrial fibrillation (AF). The method was tested during sinus rhythm in 10 patients undergoing catheter ablation for AF. A simple electronic device was assembled that allowed triggering a cardiac stimulator by predefined series of RR intervals. Irregular RR interval sequences with a mean heart rate of 90/min and 130/min were obtained from ECG recordings of another patients with AF. Simultaneous atrioventricular pacing was delivered by catheters placed inside the coronary sinus and at the His bundle region...
2016: PloS One
Abraham Speedie, Cinosh Mathew, Ramgopal S Shahi, Rajneesh Calton
INTRODUCTION: The development of implantable technology for cardiac rhythm management remains one of the seminal achievements of the second half of the 20th century. The development of artificial pacemakers for the electrical control of the cardiac rhythm has greatly enhanced the physician's ability to treat cardiac dysrhythmias. An ageing population and the extension of indications will in all probability result in an increasing number of cardiac device implantations. OBJECTIVE OF STUDY: To study mortality and morbidity in patients with permanent pacemaker implantation at a tertiary care hospital in North India...
September 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
James E Dalen, Joseph S Alpert
A new suspected cause of cryptic strokes is "silent atrial fibrillation". Pacemakers and other implanted devices allow continuous recording of cardiac rhythm for months or years. They have discovered that short periods of atrial fibrillation lasting minutes or hours are frequent and usually are asymptomatic. A meta-analysis of 50 studies involving more than 10,000 patients with a recent stroke found that 7.7% had atrial fibrillation on their admitting EKG. In 3 weeks during and after hospitalization, another 16...
October 15, 2016: American Journal of Medicine
Steven Swiryn, Michael V Orlov, David G Benditt, John P DiMarco, Donald M Lloyd-Jones, Edward Karst, Fujian Qu, Mara T Slawsky, Melanie Turkel, Albert L Waldo
BACKGROUND: The RATE Registry (Registry of Atrial Tachycardia and Atrial Fibrillation Episodes) is a prospective, outcomes-oriented registry designed to document the prevalence of atrial tachycardia and/or fibrillation (AT/AF) of any duration in patients with pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) and evaluate associations between rigorously adjudicated AT/AF and predefined clinical events, including stroke. The appropriate clinical response to brief episodes of AT/AF remains unclear...
October 18, 2016: Circulation
Matteo Ziacchi, Pietro Palmisano, Ernesto Ammendola, Gabriele Dell'era, Federico Guerra, Stefano Aquilani, Vittorio Aspromonte, Giuseppe Boriani, Michele Accogli, Giuseppe Del Giorno, Eraldo Occhetta, Alessandro Capucci, Renato Pietro Ricci, Giampiero Maglia, Mauro Biffi
AIM: The aim of this multicentre, observational, transversal study was to evaluate pacemaker (PM) choice and setting in a large number of patients, in order to understand their relationship with the patients' clinical characteristics. METHODS AND RESULTS: The study enrolled a total of 1858 patients (71 ± 14 years, 54% male), consecutively evaluated during scheduled PM follow-up visits in 7 Italian cardiac arrhythmia centres. To evaluate the appropriateness of PM choice in relation to the patients' clinical characteristics, we analysed their rhythm disorders at the time of device implantation and the characteristics of the devices implanted...
October 13, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Lisa A Gottlieb, Anniek Lubberding, Anders Peter Larsen, Morten B Thomsen
Potassium Channel Interacting Protein 2 (KChIP2) is suggested to be responsible for the circadian rhythm in repolarization duration, ventricular arrhythmias, and sudden cardiac death. We investigated the hypothesis that there is no circadian rhythm in QT interval in the absence of KChIP2. Implanted telemetric devices recorded electrocardiogram continuously for 5 days in conscious wild-type mice (WT, n = 9) and KChIP2(-/-) mice (n = 9) in light:dark periods and in complete darkness. QT intervals were determined from all RR intervals and corrected for heart rate (QT100 = QT/(RR/100)(1/2))...
October 13, 2016: Chronobiology International
Sung-Won Jang, Robert W Rho, Tae-Seok Kim, Sung-Hwan Kim, Woo-Seung Shin, Ji-Hoon Kim, Yong-Seog Oh, Man Young Lee, Eiwa Zen, Tai-Ho Rho
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The number of permanent pacemakers (PPMs) implanted in patients in Japan and Korea differs significantly. We aimed to investigate the differences in decision making processes of implanting a PPM. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Our survey included 15 clinical case scenarios based on the 2008 AHA/ACC/HRS guidelines for device-based therapy of cardiac rhythm abnormalities (class unspecified). Members of the Korean and Japanese Societies of Cardiology were asked to rate each scenario according to a 5-point scale and to indicate their decisions for or against implantation...
September 2016: Korean Circulation Journal
Giuseppe Ciconte, Massimo Saviano, Luigi Giannelli, Zarko Calovic, Mario Baldi, Cristiano Ciaccio, Amarild Cuko, Raffaele Vitale, Daniele Giacopelli, Manuel Conti, Felicia Lipartiti, Federica Giordano, Fabio Maresca, Mario Moscatiello, Gabriele Vicedomini, Vincenzo Santinelli, Carlo Pappone
AIMS: Continuous rhythm monitoring is valuable for adequate atrial fibrillation (AF) management in the clinical setting. Subcutaneous leadless implantable cardiac monitors (ICMs) yield an improved AF detection, overcoming the intrinsic limitations of the currently available external recording systems, thus resulting in a more accurate patient treatment. The study purpose was to assess the detection performance of a novel three-vector ICM device equipped with a dedicated AF algorithm. METHODS AND RESULTS: Sixty-six patients (86...
October 4, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
W Amara, S Naccache, C Akret, S Cheggour, S M'Zoughi, G Galuscan, A Dompnier
INTRODUCTION: Management of antiplatelet therapy at the time of device implantation remains controversial. This study aimed to assess the risk of bleeding complications in patients receiving ticagrelor at the time of cardiac device surgery. METHODS: We performed a multicentre (n=4), retrospective study from January 2015 to January 2016. The survey included all patients (pts) treated with ticagrelor before undergoing pacemaker, implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) implantation or generator replacement...
September 29, 2016: Annales de Cardiologie et D'angéiologie
Peter W Groeneveld, Sanjay Dixit
Implantable cardiac pacing and defibrillation devices are effective and commonly used therapies for patients with cardiac rhythm disorders. Because device implantation is not easily reversible, as well as the high healthcare costs inherent in device use, a clear understanding of the clinical benefits relative to costs is essential for both appropriate clinical use and rational policy making. Cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) have been among the best-investigated therapies in medicine; these devices have been the topic of numerous clinical and economic evaluations during the past 30 years...
September 21, 2016: Annual Review of Medicine
Mojtaba Jafari Tadi, Eero Lehtonen, Tero Hurnanen, Juho Koskinen, Jonas Eriksson, Mikko Pänkäälä, Mika Teräs, Tero Koivisto
Heart rate monitoring helps in assessing the functionality and condition of the cardiovascular system. We present a new real-time applicable approach for estimating beat-to-beat time intervals and heart rate in seismocardiograms acquired from a tri-axial microelectromechanical accelerometer. Seismocardiography (SCG) is a non-invasive method for heart monitoring which measures the mechanical activity of the heart. Measuring true beat-to-beat time intervals from SCG could be used for monitoring of the heart rhythm, for heart rate variability analysis and for many other clinical applications...
September 28, 2016: Physiological Measurement
Cecilia Gutierrez, Daniel G Blanchard
Atrial fibrillation is a supraventricular arrhythmia that adversely affects cardiac function and increases the risk of stroke. It is the most common arrhythmia and a major source of morbidity and mortality; its prevalence increases with age. Pulse rate is sensitive, but not specific, for diagnosis, and suspected atrial fibrillation should be confirmed with 12-lead electrocardiography. Because normal electrocardiographic findings do not rule out atrial fibrillation, home monitoring is recommended if there is clinical suspicion of arrhythmia despite normal test results...
September 15, 2016: American Family Physician
Jeremy P Moore, Blandine Mondésert, Michael S Lloyd, Stephen C Cook, Ali N Zaidi, Robert H Pass, Anitha S John, Frank A Fish, Kevin M Shannon, Jamil A Aboulhosn, Paul Khairy
BACKGROUND: Sudden cardiac death is a major contributor to mortality for adults with congenital heart disease. The subcutaneous implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) has emerged as a novel tool for prevention of sudden cardiac death, but clinical performance data for adults with congenital heart disease are limited. METHODS AND RESULTS: A retrospective study involving 7 centers over a 5-year period beginning in 2011 was performed. Twenty-one patients (median 33...
September 2016: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
Karl Sporer, Michael Jacobs, Leo Derevin, Sue Duval, James Pointer
OBJECTIVE: To assess system-wide implementation of specific therapies focused on perfusion during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and cerebral recovery after Return of Spontaneous Circulation (ROSC). METHODS: Before and after retrospective analysis of an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest database. Implementation trial in the urban/suburban community of Alameda County, California, USA, population 1.6 million, from November 2009-December 2012. Adult patients with non-traumatic out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) who received CPR and/or defibrillation...
September 14, 2016: Prehospital Emergency Care
Mindy Vroomen, Laurent Pison
PURPOSE: Hybrid ablation for AF is performed in a growing number of centers. Due to absence of guidelines, operative approaches and perioperative care differ per center. In this review, an overview of findings from published studies on hybrid ablations is given, and related topics are discussed (e.g., one- and two-stage approaches, lesion sets, and patient management). METHODS: A systematic literature search was performed in the PubMed and Embase databases. All identified articles were screened and checked for eligibility by the two authors...
September 9, 2016: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
Vivienne Kim, James Pemberton, Fiona Riddell, Khang-Li Looi
AIM: A significant proportion of single-chamber ventricular pacemakers are implanted in octogenarian and nonagenarian patients. We aimed to assess whether the current pacing guideline is adhered for these populations. METHODS: We retrospectively identified patients ≥80 years of age, who received their first pacemaker from July 2010 to June 2013. RESULTS: A total of 356 patients were identified. Mean age was 86.1 years and 82.6 years for single and dual-chamber pacemakers respectively (p<0...
2016: New Zealand Medical Journal
Reece A Davies, Nisal K Perera, Yishay Orr
A best evidence topic was written according to a structured protocol. The question addressed was 'In patients requiring an implanted cardiac rhythm device, do novel oral anticoagulant agents lead to increased rates of peri-procedural complications?' Altogether 1228 papers were found using the reported search, of which 5 represented the best evidence to answer the clinical question. The authors, journal, date and country of publication, patient group studied, study type, relevant outcomes and results of these papers are tabulated...
September 5, 2016: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Patrick Lugenbiel, Patrick A Schweizer, Hugo A Katus, Dierk Thomas
The clinical management of heart rhythm disorders still constitutes a major challenge. The development of alternatives to current approaches is of significant interest in order to establish more effective therapies that increase quality of life and reduce symptoms and hospitalizations. Over the past two decades the mechanistic understanding of pathophysiological pathways underlying cardiac arrhythmias has advanced profoundly, opening up novel avenues for mechanism-based therapeutic approaches. In particular, gene therapy offers greater selectivity than small molecule-based or interventional treatment...
September 2, 2016: European Journal of Pharmacology
David J Slotwiner
The anticipated advantages of electronic health records (EHRs)-improved efficiency and the ability to share information across the healthcare enterprise-have so far failed to materialize. There is growing recognition that interoperability holds the key to unlocking the greatest value of EHRs. Health information technology (HIT) systems including EHRs must be able to share data and be able to interpret the shared data. This requires a controlled vocabulary with explicit definitions (data elements) as well as protocols to communicate the context in which each data element is being used (syntactic structure)...
October 2016: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
Daniel C DeSimone, M Rizwan Sohail
Cardiovascular implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) have become a critical component in management of patients with cardiac rhythm disturbances, heart failure, and prevention of sudden cardiac death. However, infection remains a major complication of CIED implantation and is associated with significant morbidity and mortality for device recipients. Early-onset CIED infections frequently originate from the generator pocket, secondary to device or pocket contamination at the time of implantation, and may progress to involve device leads or cardiac valves...
August 19, 2016: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
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